NextGen at SCTCC

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WHAT IS NextGen?

NextGen is the process that will ultimately create a new technology landscape for Minnesota State – one that meets the changing needs of our students and our campuses.

The technology for this new landscape will be a modern, integrated, commercial administrative system – also known as an Enterprise Resource Planning tool, or ERP.

WHY are we doing this?

Our colleges and universities urgently need a technology landscape that supports the work of faculty and staff in enhancing the educational experience of our students in ways the current system – the Integrated Statewide Records System (better known as ISRS) – was never designed to provide.

Some of the things faculty and staff need to help their students be successful include:

  • An enhanced ability for analytics, for reporting, and most importantly, for monitoring and promoting student success.
  • Streamlined, system wide business processes in student services, finance, and human resources.
  • An integrated environment for data sharing.

Some of the ways a new ERP can help us increase student success include giving students:

  • Immediate, easy access to the information students need, when they need it, on a mobile device.
  • Targeted outreach and engagement from their college or university throughout their time as a student.
  • A seamless experience, no matter which Minnesota State college or university they attend.

NextGen is about much more than rolling out a new technology tool. The success of NextGen will be measured by how we use the tool to increase the success of our students at every single step on their higher education journey – from application to graduation and long afterwards.

WHY are we doing this now?

For over two decades, ISRS has played a critical role in the success of our students. Today nearly 400,000 students, faculty, and staff rely on ISRS in some way.

But ISRS is reaching its technological “end of life.” So in 2015-16, listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff across Minnesota State identified challenges and opportunities with ISRS. In 2016, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees approved a plan to begin the long process of replacing ISRS with a modern, integrated, commercial administrative system – an Enterprise Resource Planning tool (ERP).

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NextGen is the process that will ultimately create a new technology landscape for Minnesota State – one that meets the changing needs of our students and our campuses.

The technology for this new landscape will be a modern, integrated, commercial administrative system – also known as an Enterprise Resource Planning tool, or ERP.

Our colleges and universities urgently need a technology landscape that supports the work of faculty and staff in enhancing the educational experience of our students in ways the current system – the Integrated Statewide Records System (better known as ISRS) – was never designed to provide.

Some of the things faculty and staff need to help their students be successful include:

  • An enhanced ability for analytics, for reporting, and most importantly, for monitoring and promoting student success.
  • Streamlined, system wide business processes in student services, finance, and human resources.
  • An integrated environment for data sharing.

Some of the ways a new ERP can help us increase student success include giving students:

  • Immediate, easy access to the information students need, when they need it, on a mobile device.
  • Targeted outreach and engagement from their college or university throughout their time as a student.
  • A seamless experience, no matter which Minnesota State college or university they attend.

NextGen is about much more than rolling out a new technology tool. The success of NextGen will be measured by how we use the tool to increase the success of our students at every single step on their higher education journey – from application to graduation and long afterwards.

But ISRS is reaching its technological “end of life.” So in 2015-16, listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff across Minnesota State identified challenges and opportunities with ISRS. In 2016, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees approved a plan to begin the long process of replacing ISRS with a modern, integrated, commercial administrative system – an Enterprise Resource Planning tool (ERP).